Red Balloon Learner Centre Group (Group) is Red Balloon’s central office and comprises a small team that operates out of Cambridge to support and coordinate the different Learner Centres and RBAir. Group sets RB’s strategy, policies, advises on education (including Ofsted and DfE matters) and therapeutic support, shares learning, maintains the houses in which the Centres operate, and provides other administrative support (e.g. H&S, HR, IT). It aims to allow Centres to concentrate on helping students to the best of their ability and as efficiently as possible.
Stan Webster holds degrees in Economics from Cambridge University and in Statistics from the London School of Economics. He was appointed OBE in 1993. He retired as a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2001.
He has served as non-executive Director of RAF Personnel and Training Command, and as a Board member of the National Probation Service for Cambridgeshire. He is currently a member of the controlling Syndicate and the Finance Committee of Cambridge University Press. Stan has been involved with Red Balloon since 2002.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Lawrence joined Price Bailey, a regional East Anglian firm, in 1976 and became a partner in 1980. In 2011 Lawrence established Whim Consulting Ltd, concentrating on matrimonial valuation and expert witness work. He is a founder Trustee of Blue Smile, a charity serving the needs of primary school children with mental health problems.
Carrie Herbert is the Founder and President of Red Balloon Learner Centre Group. She trained as a teacher before emigrating to Australia, returned to the UK in the eighties to complete a Master's Degree at UEA and a PhD at Cambridge. Carrie worked as a consultant in equal opportunities before founding Red Balloon in 1996. She has written a number of books on the subject of bullying and harassment in schools and in the workplace.
Mike worked in the Speciality Chemical Industry for 25 years in finance and general management. This was followed by 16 years in the charity sector as Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism. He is now retired and Chair of Trustees of three charities and Treasurer of another. He was a lay OFSTED Inspector from 1993 to 1998.
Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, Chief Executive of Science Learning Centre London, Director of the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Project, a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, editor of the journal Sex Education and a Priest in the Church of England. For further information see www.reiss.tc.
Ros was COO and a main Board director of Geneva Technology from 1996 until 2001. She then co-founded a charity working to widen participation and a charity that awarded grants in the education sector. She is an advisor to the Board of Trustees of IntoUniversity and was a member of the 800th Campaign Board of Cambridge University. Her daughter spent one and a half years at Red Balloon-Cambridge following an illness and subsequent bullying, then returning to mainstream education at the start of Year 9. Ros has particular involvement in Red Balloon of the Air and is concentrating on developing its sustainability.
Address 7a Chesterton Mill, French's Road, Cambridge CB4 3NP
Telephone 01223 366052
Chair of Trustees & Proprietor Stan Webster OBE
Founder and President Dr Carrie Herbert MBE
Chief Executive Quintus Travis
Director of Operations Geraldine Norris
Director of Education Bob Sproson
Director of Development Susanne Owers
Consultant Coordinator Ruth Loshak